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Floral feast at Feria 2016

Tones of pink for this essential hair decoration.

Tones of pink for this essential hair decoration.

Flowers are always present at the Feria de Abril in Seville, the city’s huge annual party.

Every woman who wears the traditional gitana dress, long with ruffles – the only regional costume which is subject to trends – has a flower (this year two, three, or even a small bouquet) in her hair. These used to be mostly carnation-type fake flowers, but now there are roses, hydrangeas, and floral sprays with freesias, and all kinds of blooms.

Blooms in the barnet.

Blooms in the barnet.

This floral extravaganza also extended to the dresses, with prints from delicate ditzy to full-on chintz. Here are a few show-stoppers which I spotted to brighten up your day.

This multi-coloured Midwestern patchwork-style fabric would normally be seen on a less fitted dress for El Rocio pilgrimage in May.

This multi-coloured Midwestern patchwork-style fabric would normally be seen on a less fitted dress for El Rocio pilgrimage in May.

Bold red with outsize flower print - gets my vote.

Bold red with outsize flower print, with matching floral headband – gets my vote.

Pink print with complementing lace insets - makes the dress less full-on-floral.

Pink print with complementing lace insets – makes the dress less full-on-floral.

A softer pink floral with fringed shawl sewn into the neckline, a popular look which does away with the need to pin your manton.

A softer pink floral with fringed shawl sewn into the neckline, a popular look which does away with the need to pin your manton.

The great thing about flamenca dresses is that everyone looks good in them, especially if you've curvy.

The great thing about flamenca dresses is that everyone looks good in them, especially if you’ve curvy.

An unusual turquoise on white print.

An unusual turquoise on white print.

Sevillanas love to pile on the patterns and shades - the more, the merrier.

Sevillanas love to pile on the patterns and shades – the more, the merrier.

this year's portada, or entrance gate, was inspired by the Argentinian Pavilion of the Expo 1929 in Maria Luisa Park, by the river.

This year’s portada, or entrance gate, was inspired by the Argentinian Pavilion of the Expo 1929 in Maria Luisa Park, by the river.

 

 

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